Samsung unveils Windows 8 ultrabook, tablet hybrids

The Korean electronics giant also showed off a pair of Windows 8 tablets, all of which are expected to be available at the end of October.

Samsung's 500T. Samsung

Samsung has taken the wraps off a collection of Windows devices, including a Windows 8 ultrabook with a touch screen.

As part of its "Smart PC" strategy, the Korean electronics giant tonight unveiled its 13-inch Series 5 Ultra Touch Windows 8 ultrabook, which starts at $809.99 for a Core i3 and features a 1366x768 display, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive with 24 gigs of ExpressCache (high-speed SSD storage). An extra $50 gets buyers a Core i5 processor. However, at 3.83 pounds, it isn't likely to win the weight conscious.

Samsung also unveiled a pair of Windows 8 tablets with 11.6-inch displays -- the rebranded Ativ Smart PC 500T, which will retail for $749.99 with keyboard and $649.99 without keyboard, and the 700T, which will sell for $1,199.99. The 500T sports an Atom Z2760, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage, while the 700T features a Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.

Retail availability was not revealed, but the devices will presumably be available when Windows 8 is released on October 26.

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